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While the new capital was being built, the president's temporary quarters was called the Catetinho, meaning a smaller version of the grand Palácio do Catete in Rio. The wooden edifice was built in 10 days during the summer of 1956. A nearby landing strip allowed the president to fly in from Rio for his frequent inspections. The recently restored building is a must-see museum for those interested in the city's history. It's surrounded by woods with a small spring where the president and his entourage once bathed.

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  • Address: Km 0, BR 040, 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Estação Rodoviária, Brasília, 71745-000 | Map It
  • Phone: 61/3338–8694
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 9–5
  • Location: Brasília
Updated: 06-24-2013

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